In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the current strain on the NHS, the UK Government has issued a statement to UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. This applies directly to overseas doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who have received their visa (UK entry clearance), and additionally each NHS trust.

In summary the statement concludes that, “If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for work, study or to join family has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.”

The process for requesting a replacement visa with revised validity dates is to email the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre with the subject line ‘Replacement 30 Day Visa”. In the body of the email you must include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number.

You’ll be contacted when VACs reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.

It’s worth noting too, that you will not be penalised for being unable to collect your BRP while coronavirus measures are in place.

The Government has agreed for this process to remain in place until the end of 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your visa application or any aspect of moving to the UK to work for the NHS – please contact your HCL Permanent consultant or email

The full statement can be found on the Government website:

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